By Frances Karlen Santamaria
First released in 1970, A Room in Athens is the striking magazine of a free-
spirited, younger American girl out of the country in Greece together with her author husband in 1964. encouraged via the sixties’ style for the exuberant land of Zorba and Lawrence Durrell, they search an Aegean idyll–but their plans threaten to move awry whilst she learns she is pregnant. Settling in Athens, she provides start to a boy on the country’s basically natural-childbirth clinic–an underground safe haven governed by way of a mysterious Madame Kladaki.
Afterward, as a brand new mom in an odd land, she struggles to reconcile the parable of Greece, old and glossy, with modern Athens, even whereas their idyll recedes. In 1974, A Room in Athens used to be excerpted within the landmark anthology Revelations: Diaries of ladies. This re-creation, with an advent via the author’s son, unlocks a little-known gem in women’s memoir literature for a brand new generation.
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